Governmental & Lobbying

governmental lobbyingBob Boyd is the Chair of the firm’s Governmental & Lobbying Practice Group and has more than 25 years of legislative and executive branch experience in lobbying the Florida Legislature and the state’s agencies. The Governmental & Lobbying Practice Group at Sachs Sax Caplan offers local and statewide lobbying and governmental advice to assist clients in the public and private sector with the challenges they face at a time of growing local and state governmental involvement in every aspect of American life. The firm has extensive experience in the legislative, executive and regulatory arenas, including development and implementation of an advocacy agenda, building strategic partnerships, and defeating or passing legislation at the local and state level. Our public policy professionals have also developed the necessary contacts to strengthen our client’s positions and influence governmental decision-making.

Sachs Sax Caplan has the capabilities to handle the most complex public policy problems, from working with a municipality on zoning issues to lobbying Florida’s Governor and staff. Our core strengths are in appropriations, education, health care including mental health, aviation, cemetery regulation and land use including local permitting and regulatory issues. Our governmental team specializes in helping clients better understand and navigate the increasingly complex political and governmental landscape in Florida.

We have the unique ability to identify opportunities for our clients and successfully navigate Florida’s political, governmental and regulatory climate. The combination of our understanding of the issues, strong relationships and expertise are what distinguishes our advocacy practice in Florida.

Michael S. Weiner

Michael S. Weiner, Principal

Governmental & Lobbying

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Michael S. Weiner, Esquire was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended Washington & Jefferson College where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He was then accepted into the University of Michigan Law School and graduated in May, 1974.

After beginning his career as a tax attorney, Mr. Weiner turned to the narrow specialty of tax planning for real estate developers. Mr. Weiner first became familiar with redevelopment by being involved in the Tower City project in Cleveland, Ohio in the late 1970′s.

Upon moving to Florida he took an active interest in real estate opportunities afforded by South Florida. He became active in the Art Deco Society in the early 1980’s which advocated the re-development (as opposed to demolition) of the Art Deco Miami Beach Hotels. Moving to Palm Beach County later in the 1980’s, Mr. Weiner shaped the law firm in tandem with the resurgence of another city, Delray Beach, Florida.

Mr. Weiner specializes in solving his client’s problems relating to government regulation. He is a sought-after speaker before various City and County Commissioners, Chambers of Commerce, local civic clubs and groups about the importance of the revitalization of urban centers. To that end, Mr. Weiner has invested his own funds in pursuit of the same goal, demonstrating that there can be profits both for the individual and for the community. He owns one of the oldest homes in Delray Beach, Florida called the “Clark House” built in 1896. He has renovated the Tarrimore House built in 1926 and the Masonic Temple built in 1923. His success is as both an attorney and investor in numerous residential and commercial restorations in several South Florida municipalities, most notably Delray Beach and Boynton Beach, Florida.

As an expert in re-adaptive use, the assemblage of properties, “grandfathering” and similar legal issues which often stand in the way of re-development of blighted areas, Mr. Weiner continues to assist his clients in searching for the proper re-development opportunities east of I-95. Making the older neighborhoods glorious once again reduces the pressure on westward expansion and the ever increasing commuter trips. The creativity that is required to work in these sorts of situations has given Mr. Weiner additional tools for working with government regulation, especially with respect to those uses which seem unpopular or misunderstood. His partners have joined him in this role and continue to work on finding solutions for businesses that seem to be plagued by government regulation.

Another area of business endeavor which required assistance because of growing governmental regulation concerns the efforts of service providers to the recovery community. Sober houses, detoxification facilities and general medical services catering to those in recovery were undergoing unwarranted governmental attack based upon prejudicial notions as to of the individuals who seek out recovery assistance. Beginning in the 1990’s, Mr. Weiner defended the conversion of a psychiatric hospital to a recovery facility and from that work he became known for his advocacy in favor of those businesses dealing with the recovery community. The firm now has a thriving practice assisting these service providers not only with their licensing, but their general business needs, insurance, capital investment and tax structure.

Mr. Weiner believes that it is important to be an active member of the Community. He is involved in a number of local charities including Delray’s Old School Square, and the Achievement Center. He also believes that it is important to shape political opinion on development issues and is therefore a trustee of the Florida Association of Home Builders PAC, BIZPAC and the Economic Council PAC.

Bar Memberships

The Florida Bar, 1978
Ohio State Bar, 1974

Education

University of Michigan Law School and graduated in May, 1974.
Washington & Jefferson College, Magna Cum Laude, 1971

Practice Areas

• Appellate Law
• Business Law and Taxation
• City/County/Local Government
• Election, Campaign, and Political Regulation Law
• Government Administration and Regulation Law
• Real Estate/Land Development Law
• Zoning, Planning and Land Use Law

Professional Associations and Memberships

Past Chair person, Consumer Affairs Hearing Board of Palm Beach County
Past President, Pineapple Grove Support Group, Delray Beach, Florida
Former Member, Centennial Committee, Delray Beach, Florida
Former Member, University Parkway Task Force Team, Palm Beach County Florida
Chairperson, Cultural Heritage Month, City of Delray Beach, Florida
Former Trustee for Old School Square, Inc., a non-profit corporation, Delray Beach, Florida
Member, Greenways and Trails Committee, State of Florida
Member, Council of 100, Delray Beach Florida; Chairperson
Member, Land Use Advisory Board, Palm Beach County, Florida